The Yankees appeared to be close to a deal with the Mariners that would have cost them thier number one prospect in Jesus Montero for Ace Pitcher Cliff Lee. At the last minute the Rangers swooped in with a truckload of prospects and stole Lee away.
The thought of losing our future catcher for a rental player that will probably sign with the Yankees in the off season anyhow was making my stomach turn. The Rangers are a better team for the remainder of this season with a illegitimate shot at contention. The Road to the WS is gong through the Bronx and even if it comes down to these two teams the Yankees still will be heavy favorites. Look for the bombers to still make a lesser move at the deadline. Something more reminiscent of last years Hariston deal. A Vetern with some pop that can play multiple positions. Cashman and Girardi love guys who can play multiple positions and can hit. There are talks out their that the Yankees may have some interest in Jason Weryth but the cost would be to high in my opinion. Will they still go after another pitcher? Roy Oswalt? Andy Pettite is a fan of such a move but i dont think that many others would be. Mark my words it will be a vertern utility player or outfielder. Personally I like Jose Guillen but dont count on it.

So after a convincing sweep of the pathetic Oakland A’s its time to lay a beating on the now Leeless Seattle Mariners. Here is a look at tonights line up:
YANKEES (54-31)
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson CF
Colin Curtis RF
Brett Gardner LF

RHP Phil Hughes (10-2, 3.83)
Hughes vs. Mariners

MARINERS (34-51)
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Chone Figgins 2B
Russell Branyan DH
Jose Lopez 3B
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Casey Kotchman 1B
Michael Saunders LF
Rob Johnson C
Jack Wilson SS

RHP David Pauley (0-0, 0.00)
Hat tip to the Lohud blog that posted the line-ups

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